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Super Simple Sausage & Peppers Supper

Tonight I’m blogging about another family fave, the fact that its quick and easy makes it one of my go-to recipes.  This is such a versatile recipe that its easy to substitute all kinds of different ingredients and come up with different flavours.    Typically I cook this in the oven, however in the warmer months – I use a disposable pan and cook on the top shelf of the barbecue as well.  Today I used potatoes, but you can easily make this using rice as well.   If making this with rice, simply assemble everything together in a skillet and cook until sausage and peppers are done then place 1 cup parboiled rice in the skillet, stirring for a minute and pour 2 cups chicken or veggie broth/stock, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Cooked delicious sausage peppers onion and potato

Enough chatter – lets get to it!

Simple Sausage & Peppers

  • 4 links spicy smoked sausage
  • 2 small white potatoes – cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 4 green onions – diced (or red onion chopped into large pieces)
  • Italian Salad Dressing (or what I use: 1 part EVOO, 1 part Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tsp Italian Seasoning whisked together or mixed)

spicy sausages, onions and peppers with Italian Dressing


  1. Cut sausage up into bite sized pieces.
  2. Cut peppers into large chunks.
  3. Add sausages, peppers, potatoes (we leave the skin on) & onions into a dutch oven or lasagna pan.
  4. Pour dressing over (use about 1/4 -1/2 cup).
  5. Mix, cover with tinfoil and bake at 400 for about an hour.
  6. Serve & enJOY.

Cooked delicious sausage peppers onion and potato

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Get Spicy..Get Stuffed….Peppers that is

Its a sad thing when pepper season comes to an end here at our house – we love all things peppers. Recently I had a flat of peppers that I had to use up,  so I stuffed some and roasted them up – mmm, mmm good! This is the vegetarian version, but you could add ground meat of your liking as well.  Try something different  like ground lamb (try some mint and basil seasoning with it or add some lemon juice, feta cheese and oregano to make Greek Stuffed Peppers (forgo the hot peppers and use a tomato sauce), pork(rosemary & thyme are lovely), or ground chicken or beef and simply change this from this spicy vegetarian version to a meat eater’s delight!  Not into spicy?  Omit the hot peppers and enchiladas sauce and use some sage, thyme and rosemary, with a homemade marinara sauce. Anyway you slice it (or season it as the case may be) there are good good good!

Spicy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

  •  4 cups cooked rice (we use parboiled white rice)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1-4 jalapeno’s diced
  • 1 can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1-2 chili peppers diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • (optional) 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8-9 Bell Peppers or Shepherd Peppers
  • 8-10 cups Enchiladas Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Optional: saute hot peppers in EVOO with garlic and onion until onion is translucent.  Mix all ingredients except enchiladas sauce and bell peppers in a bowl. Mix in about 2 cups or so sauce (until moist but NOT runny).  Cut the top off the bell peppers and use your fingers to pull out the seeds and membranes.  If your peppers will not sit flat – make a shallow cut across he bottoms to create a flat surface.  If you are using shepherd peppers, after cutting the top off, turn the pepper on its side and cut the side off (now at the top) – now use the part you just cut off to create the other “wall” where the top was (just shove it in there so the filling doesn’t leak out).  The shepherd peppers will lie on their sides.

Stuff the peppers with the filling this could be anywhere from 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup depending on the size of your peppers.

Place the peppers in a greased casserole dish so they stay standing up – you can pack them tight that’s fine. Pour remaining sauce over each pepper – you may wish to keep a bit out for basting (about a cup).

Bake for 1 hour in 350 degree oven, basting a couple of time.

Remove from oven, top each with a tsp of cheese and serve. enJOY!

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Celebrate Mother’s Day – Meet Owen & Joy’s Spicy Bloody Ceaser

To Moms of all kinds out there (yes, of furry kids too).

Happy Mother’s Day
To honour the theme of Mother’s Day (and the time in the evening!) I wanted to share one of my dear friend’s story’s with you.  She and I met at playdates when our oldest daughter’s were babies and have both gone on to have boys after – myself in 2007 and Owen, Andrea & Matt’s son, Little bro to Mia, was born in August of 2010.  The girls  are still little buddies and  share playdates with the boys.   The kids all love it especially Owen.  Owen is sunny and sweet and absolutely special. And, you see Owen is special, he’s one of 200 people worldwide diagnosed with Kleefstra Syndrome , a deletion on his 9th chromosome.  This is Owen.


No one can say it better than the Mom, so I have copied and pasted her post on the Facebook group “Help Owen Get To Texas” below as well as the link.

Since she created this group on Friday of last week (May10) there have been several more fundraisers* added on – please take a peak!  In addition, Andrea & Matt are in the midst of setting up an account for any cash donations you may wish to give.

Please repost this link and spread the awareness about Kleefstra Syndrome.

A word from Andrea:


He was diagnosed #124 in the world in Nov 2010. He is non-verbal, can only have pureed/thickened liquids, aspiration issues, chronic pneumonia, non-mobile (uses a walker/wheelchair), global developmental delay, heart murmur. The genes he is missing seem to have their parts in most areas of development unfortunately. He is currently at a12-15 month old level and will be 3 in August. He is working so hard in therapy. I have just resigned from my work as a daycare supervisor, to help him full time to get him as far as we can for school in Sept. 2013. He is a ridiculously happy funny kid, they say the personality is part of the syndrome, but I refuse to believe that. I think he is just awesome all on his own.

The weekend of Pct 12 there is a North American meet up of Kleefstra families. That on it’s own is amazing as there are so few of us scattered all over the world, seeing other KS kids period is cool and talking to other parents who understand is something I am so looking forward to. In addition Dr. Kleefstra will come if enough families are going. She is based at a university in the Netherlands and is the only doc researching O’s syndrome, meeting her would be amazing AND he could participate in her research, she also offers advice. She often goes to the meet ups in the UK, but has never been to North America. Texas was picked as the location because there is a special needs amusmant park there.www.morganswonderland.com   (All the rides are accessible etc.)

Join  the Help Owen Get To Texas facebook group.

* myself nor my business, Joy In Your Kitchen(JIYK)/joyskitchen  does not endorse or receive renumberation from any of the products nor fundraisers involved.

And now on to the recipes! (This is a food blog after all – right?). Tonight since I got to relax all day for Mother’s Day – I thought I would blog on of both my moms, and my favorite sipping cocktail. The Bloody Caeser – Often imitated never duplicated!  So with that – Cheers to all the Mom’s out there!

Joy’s Bloody Ceaser (spicy).

A couple of notes here – yes use a Clam Cocktail (Mott’s is the most popular here in Canada – not sure where carries what brands), Clamato juice NOT tomato juice a Bloody Mary – does not a Ceaser make! .
Celery Salt in a dish or rimmer
1 lime wedge & juice
1 lemon wedge & juice
2 ice cubes
5 shakes cayenne pepper sauce
7 shakes Worcestershire sauce
6 oz Clam Cocktail – well chilled
1.5 oz vodka of your choice
My secret ingredient (optional – but really just try it!) a splash of kosher pickle juice (yes you read that right – I said pickle juice – any will do really but I like the kosher style the best).

Run lemon (or lime) wedge over rim of glass.  Rim the glass in the celery salt.  Add 2 ice cubes, the juice of both the lime and lemon, add the rest of the ingredients, ending with the Clamato Juice.  enJOY!

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